With a background in daily newspapers, I am an award-winning freelance journalist, specialising in travel and tourism. I am a regular contributor to a wide range of newspaper travel sections, consumer and trade magazines, inflight magazines, websites and travel apps. I’m also regularly creating new content for my blog, A Glass Half Full.
In 2016, I won the Best Travel & Tourism News Story category of the Australian Society of Travel Writers Awards for Excellence, for a story on drive tourism in Australia, published in the national trade magazine Travel Bulletin.
My latest book, A Glass Half Full and other travel stories (Vivid Publishing, May 2014), is a collection of some of my travel stories.I am also the author of the best selling Great Australian Pubs (Explore Australia, 2012), and author of Frommer’s Easy Guide to Australia (updated annually), and a contributing author for the Rough Guide to Australia.
I have also been the co-author of Frommer’s Australia (2000-2013), author of Frommer’s Melbourne Free & Dirt Cheap, Frommer’s Melbourne Day by Day, Frommer’s Portable Australia’s Great Barrier Reef guide.
I am the co-editor and a contributor to two anthologies, Best Foot Forward: 30 Years of Australian Travel Writing (2006) and Red Dust & Wanderlust, Tales of Travel in Australia (2010). In 2012 I edited and co-ordinated the anthology Snapshots of Sri Lanka, to benefit a children’s charity in that country. I have also written and co-written several other books.
A creative and professional writer, I also provide images to accompany my words. I have been a contributing writer for a number of online Australian travel guides for the USA and UK markets, and am currently the Queensland specialist travel writer for the Daily Telegraph (UK). I am also the Regional Acquisitions Editor (Oceania) for the US-based travel website Bindu Media (launching late 2016).
I regularly participate in lectures and courses on writing, freelancing and media. From 2012 to mid-2017, I was also a part-time lecturer and tutor in journalism at the University of Queensland School of Communication and Arts. In 2016, I was accepted into the professional doctorate program at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to undertake a Doctor of Creative Industries degree.